All the BTEG - Black Training and Enterprise Group - news for October 2014
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Issue 30 - October 2014

Jeremy Crook OBE writes:

Jeremy Crook

Challenging the public and private sectors to tackle racial inequalities

BTEG welcomes the fall in the unemployment figures and the continued economic growth but we must have economic growth and race equality at the same time. The challenge of closing the 11 per cent employment rate gap between BAME people and the rest of the population remains.

More public spending cuts are on the way and we have to be concerned about their continued impact on the most disadvantaged and vulnerable people in our society. Naturally, BTEG is concerned about the impact of further cuts on BAME charities and social enterprises.

According to the former Head of the Civil Service, Sir Bob Kerslake, ‘…irrespective of the political colour of the next government, we face a further five years of austerity in public spending that will be even harder than the previous five years’. (Reflections on Reform September 2014)

He points out that the ‘easier savings’ have already been made and the ‘the sense of urgency that underpinned the first savings programme will be reduced.’  Interestingly, he also observes that within the civil service there is a need to tackle the ‘macho culture that too many women experience and increase the number of BME staff at senior level, which has flat lined in recent years.’

Regrettably, the private sector seems to have taken backward steps on race equality.

A recent survey by Race for Opportunity of UK business shows that in real terms the number of BAME people in top management positons has decreased between 2007 and 2012; from 95,023 to 73,378 - a drop of 21,645.

Unless we change private, public and voluntary organisations at the top it’s hard to see how organisations will develop cultures which are fair, inclusive and responsive to service user’s needs.

The BAME voluntary and community sector has a vital role to play in challenging the public and private sectors to tackle racial inequalities both as employers and service providers.

BTEG’s partnership enterprise initiative, Opening Doors Network, continues to support unemployed young people with ideas for start- ups and later this month BTEG and Inclusion will host a national conference on boosting entrepreneurship in ethnic minority communities.

I very much hope that you will join us.


Boosting Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship

21 October 2014 | Amnesty International | London

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Until recently, entrepreneurship in ethnic minority communities has been a largely neglected area by local and national policy makers and funders. Regeneration and employment initiatives tend to focus on finding unemployed people work and entrepreneurship initiatives are marginal and under-resourced. However, the government’s new enterprise allowance (NEA) for jobseekers and the start-up loans programmes are welcome developments.

How can organisations, school, colleges, universities and local councils provide enterprise and finance support for young people and nurture entrepreneurship as the foundation for economic growth.

Inclusion and BTEG are hosting host a one-day partnership event - Boosting Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship - examining how to improve the labour market outcomes of people from ethnic minority backgrounds.

Speakers will include:

Monder Ram OBE, Professor of Small Business and Director of CREME at De Montfort University

Shahid Azeem , Chairman of Woking Asian Business Forum

Johnny Luk, CEO National Association of College & University Entrepreneurs

Paul Mooney, Director, Blue Orchid

Nikki Kelly, Opening Doors Network & Tottenham Hotspur Foundation

Claire Dove OBE, CEO Blackburn House and chair of Social Enterprise UK

£49+VAT registration fee available to members of the BTEG network

Read more about the event

Go here to book a place

News and Updates


Routes2Success Local Project Launch

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During the first year of the R2S programme we met many young black males who have brilliant ideas about projects that they would like to set up in their community, but believe that this idea will never become a reality due to lack of funds or support.

Through our work on the R2S programme we have encountered young people who feel that there are not enough activities in their community to keep them off of the streets, so through this new initiative we want to encourage these young people to do something for themselves.

Whether it is setting up drama or music workshops, a debate club or football classes the Routes2Success team would like to offer practical support and expertise to assist a group of young people lead on their own project.  This how we will do it:

  • Earlier this year we produced a Local Project Handbook which our Routes2Success National Role Model Programme would use to support young black males aged between 11- 25 from African, Caribbean and mixed backgrounds to successfully complete a local project.
  • BTEG has employed Collette Noel as the R2S Local Development Officer, who will match the young people with R2S role models to help them successfully plan their project and get it off the ground.
  • The R2S team would like to work with a group of young people from a youth club, school, faith group or community organisation to successfully execute their project with the assistance from our role models and handbook.

The successful group of young people will be awarded a monetary sum to support them in implementing their project. This could be used to hire a venue, cover travel expenses, catering costs, buy equipment or any other resources agreed by the R2S role model.

If you know of any young men aged 11-25 interested in receiving support in setting up their own project, please tell them to get in touch with the R2S team / 020 7832 5800 or  / 020 7832 5832.


BTEG Criminal Justice Network News


A Captivating and Emotional Event

A conference on desistance and the secure estate would not be everybody’s first choice for a Friday night out. It’s a testament to the high regard in which the conference organiser Bilal Dunn is held in that nearly 100 people made the trek to the Hendon campus of Middlesex University for the Noor Initiative’s successful seminar on 1 August.


UK’s most senior judge calls for action to speed up efforts to address diversity amongst judiciary

The president of the UK Supreme Court Lord Neuberger has stated that current efforts to improve the diversity of the judiciary are not working and fast tracking candidates may have to be introduced to address the under representation of women and BME communities.

Read more in this Guardian article


Race, mental health and the CJS – a free conference

Young BAME event

Clinks is holding a free conference on 6 November that will explore strategies and good practice to ensure that people with mental health problems from BAME communities in contact with the CJS, have their needs met and are able to access appropriate services. 


More than 80 bids received for MoJ regional rehabilitation contracts

The deadline has passed to bid to be one of the 21 new Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs) that will tackle the stubbornly high reoffending rates in England and Wales. Contract will be awarded by the end of 2014.

Read more about the competition and Justice Secretary Chris Grayling’s comments on the bidding process.


Self-inflicted deaths in prison – a consultation event

The Harris Review of self-inflicted deaths in National Offender Management Service custody of 18-24 year olds is holding a Local & Community Stakeholder Seminar on 2 Oct from 10.30 - 4.00 in Central London.

Opening Doors Network News


Speed Networking Event

The Opening Doors/Bathtub 2 Boardroom speed networking event is an opportunity to meet entrepreneurs and people in the early stages of starting and running a business; to share advice and ideas whilst discussing issues.

You will have five minutes at a time to move around the room meeting attendees including; Opening Doors participants - all in the early stages of starting a business, Bathtub 2 Boardroom members, who have been trading for twelve months or less and other entrepreneurs who have been running their business for twelve months or more.

Who should attend?  Anyone who runs their own business or is thinking about doing so

This is for anyone that is self-employed or thinking about running their own business

Is there a cost? The event is free to attend - though places must be booked.

News From Around the Sector


Voluntary Action Islington’s AGM

Young BAME event

Voluntary Action Islington’s AGM is on Tuesday November 4th 6pm- 8.30pm at 200a Pentonville Road N1 9JP

Lisa Nandy MP, the Shadow Minister for Civil Society and Dr Justin Davis- Smith CBE, Executive Director of Volunteering and Development at NCVO will be our guest speakers. 

The 2014 Volunteer of the Year Awards will be presented at the AGM.


Vote for Social Entrepreneur of the Year

Young BAME event

The Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award (SEYA) is an annual feature of Lloyds Bank & Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs Programme.

The winner of the award, who will receive a £10,000 prize, is decided by public vote.

To see the finalists and to register to vote go to Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award


Independence Undervalued: The Voluntary Sector In 2014

Young BAME event

The Baring Foundation’s latest report on the independence of the voluntary sector is available.

The Panel on the Independence of the Voluntary Sector was established by the Baring Foundation in June 2011 to ensure that independence is seen as a top priority by the voluntary sector and those with whom it works and to make recommendations to ensure that it is not lost.

This report is the third of four annual assessments.


Prison doesn’t work

Prisons are overcrowded dens of misery, where human beings are left to fester, dumped out of sight until they reoffend all over again, writes Owen Jones. He argues that another way has to found.   Read his Guardian article


“Appalling” lack of diversity in the charity profession

Britain’s charities are ineffective in promoting and employing ethnic minorities according to campaigners, following a review by Dame Mary Marsh into skills and leadership in the voluntary sector.

Read more in this Independent article


Charities should be allowed to 'embrace entrepreneurial risk-taking'

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A new report by the Social Impact Investment Taskforce says the regulatory framework for charities should be reformed, allowing them to invest more freely in schemes to achieve social good.

Read more in this Third Sector article or download the report


NCVO / BWB Trustee Conference 2014

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The NCVO Trustee Conference aims to help trustees, chairs and chief executives to improve their knowledge, learn new skills, network and develop governance within their organisation.

The conference is on 10 November.


LVSC Marketing and Fundraising Briefing

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This seminar is being run by two senior and experienced marketers from The Worshipful Company of Marketors, a City of London Livery Company. It is an opportunity to hear and learn best practice in marketing and fund raising in the not-for-profit sector.


Race at the Top

Race for Opportunity’s ‘Race at the Top’ report is the most comprehensive picture of Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) representation in leadership in UK business today.

 It finds that there has been virtually no ethnicity change in top management positions in the five years between 2007 and 2012. Sadly, the pipeline does not give us hope for the future; the gap at management level has worryingly widened between 2007 and 2012.

Read more or download an executive summary


FRC updates UK Corporate Governance Code to include “and race”

FRC has included ‘and race’ in the preface to the 2014 UK Corporate Governance Code and within indicated changes for consultation for the 2016 UK Corporate Governance Code.

Sandra Kerr OBE, National Campaign Director Race for Opportunity, says “This is great news for influencing the private sector and begin to raise their consciousness levels around race.”

Read more about the FRC updates.

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